🗓️ Get those calendars out (or shared Google Cals, to modernize this a bit) as there are a few key dates you’ll want to mark down for this coming summer:
First and foremost, July 20th, when the Canadian XNT kicks off the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand against Nigeria. CanXNT also play Republic of Ireland on July 26, before finishing up the group against host Australia on July 31. For manifestion reasons, the final is August 20.
For all their Olympic success, the XNT still haven’t quite had been able to replicate it at the World Cup tournament, with their best result in recent years being a quarter-final appearance at home in 2015.
The men’s national team, meanwhile, will be looking to win their first trophy in 23 years, starting with the Concacaf Nations League in Las Vegas on June 15. Canada play Panama in the semi-finals, before meeting either Mexico or the United States on June 18 in the final (or third place game, I guess).
A few weeks later, they kick off the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup with a match at BMO Field on June 27 (the opponent hasn’t been determined yet as it will come from Gold Cup qualifiers). They then play Guatamala and Cuba on July 1 and July 4 respectively in Houston. The final for that tournament in July 16, at the incredible SoFi Stadium.
Another date to keep in mind is July 1, which is when the international summer transfer window opens. There are several Canadian players on both national teams that could be set for blockbuster transfers. On the CanXNT side of things Ashley Lawrence looks set to make it a Canadian trio at Chelsea, while Portuguese league MVP Cloé Lacasse is all but confirmed to be joining her in London, with rivals Arsenal.
After scoring 24 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 this season, behind only Alex Lacazzette and some guy named Kylian Mbappe, Jonathan David will be one of the biggest names. Tajon Buchanan, meanwhile, has been heavily linked to Inter Milan.